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Old Aug 24th, 2010, 13:16 PM   11
CelticNiamh
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lizziedripping that was great information you gave

I had preterm labour on my third son, I had a very crampy pregnancy even after 12 weeks I noticed cramping and tightening all the time, I mentioned it to my doctor and he said it was normal and not to worry. at around 32 weeks I had contractions and pressure and felt the urge to push I had to fight against it. I had my appointment the next day I thought all was ok, but mentioned it to my doctor and she decided to do an internal just in case, she found I was 80% effaced and 2 to 3 centimeters dilated. I was kept in and given steroids and checked again and luckily enough I was sent home. they told me they would not stop labour if it started full on at this stage.

I got to 39 weeks and had to be brought in to be induced because of other reasons I had GD and was on insulin. they also were afraid of me labouring at home as they thought my son would come to quick and end up in shock.

They were right they broke my water and he arrived about 2 hours later. very quick .

I was fine on DD but cervix was short for a long time before delivery, she came very quick also.
any way just for any one having the same problem it can turn out ok

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Old Aug 25th, 2010, 19:25 PM   12
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Post-stich recovery


I am 31 and have lost two pregnancies in my mid 20s, one at 16 weeks (delivered on the toilet)and the other at 20 weeks delivered still with membranes in tact. At my last loss which occurred at St James' hospital in Leeds (UK), I was advised that I required a stitch to prevent another loss. So, now on my thrid pregnancy at 15+3 weeks pregnant I had one inserted in Ealing Hospital in london. Internal scan showed my cervix to be just 2.1cm in length with some funnelling. Weeks later I am still off work to allow the stitch to heal, but I admit that I am nervous every single day. Also I don't feel healed, I feel uncomfortable and fear every sneeze, cough and hiccup because it hurts. Even going to the loo to do a poo is like torture for me, I am convinced the baby is on its way! I wish more people would talk about whether they still experienced pains and discomfort and for how long...this is my third weeks since surgery and I still feel delicate and have occasional pangs of pain. My first week was hell and my second week I felt like I had a lead weight inserted in my womb - such was the feeling of pressure I felt. I am now 19 weeks pregnant and close to my 20-week milestone, but with so much nervousness.


Love to hear how other people have been coping post-op.

Also, please pray I see this baby to full-term. Dr suggests he will remove the stitch at 37 weeks.

Zing



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Old Aug 26th, 2010, 05:48 AM   13
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Hi Zing - poor you! I have been there hun, and the fear you describe is awful.

I had a stitch placed at 12wks with the twins, and from that point on I felt ill, had tightenings, couldn't walk around for more than 5mins without pressure and discomfort. My cervix wasn't funneled at that point, but it was extremely floppy when stitch was placed, when it should be firm and closed.

I worried the entire pregnancy away until I got to 37wks because I was convinced I would loose the babies. I contracted daily from 25wks, and cried every day convinced we faced another NICU battle. All I can say is that I did make it, my cervix witht he stitch held up under 16Ibs of baby pressure, and I wish now I had relaxed a little.

All that you feel can be entirely normal after a stitch. It causes uterine irritability which in turn feels very much like early labour. You had a stitch placed nice and early, and have every chance of making it to term hun. I rested as much as I could, and drank gallons of water, not sure if this helped, but I am a firm believer in taking as much weight off the cervix as possible.

If you look back thru my pregnancy posts hun you'll see just how many symptoms I had, and yet I still made it.

Much luck, and please get back to me if you need further reassurance xxx



 
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Old Aug 26th, 2010, 14:34 PM   14
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Thx


Lizzzie I really appreciate your reply and reassuring words, thanks very kindly. I intend to look up your post history

Kind regards
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Old Aug 26th, 2010, 16:51 PM   15
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Any time love. Remember what I was carrying with a very weak cervix, and here I am one year on holdng 2 healthy chunks



 
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Old Aug 27th, 2010, 08:26 AM   16
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Dearest Zing,

I hope you're feeling a bit better, isn't Lizzie amazing she's been such a saviour on here with her advice!

As you will have read above I had my stitch done as an emergency at 23 weeks +4 days and I've just reached 26 weeks today.

I too still hurt, and despite being told I would be fine to be up and around and walking etc I am still finding it difficult. I think Lizzie is absolutely right each case is totally different and you must listen to your own body and respect its limiations. I am lying down still as much as possible. When I walk around I still feel very tender with the odd stabbing pain down below, I also still feel the pressure and heavy feeling.

Take it easy, and if you feel things really aren't right don't hesitate to say. I still also get tightenings but they are getting fewer and far between. I think we all heal at different rates, there is no doubt about it though I feel very different down there, definitely still swollen and like everything has somehow "relaxed" - I must look ridiculous when I walk shuffling along trying to hold everything in, I have also had the frightening going for a poo experience. And in fact the first time I went after the stitch I passed out on the loo. Only very briefly but it was very frightening. Unfortunately I suffer from chronic constipation anyway and was due to have a bowel op before falling pregnant. So with added pregnancy constipation and the fact that both the meds I'm on at the mo also add to constipation, its been a nightmare. But I've been assured it will be ok and the stitch will hold.

I hope that this reassures you a little, just knowing these things are happening to others and you're not alone. Keeping all things crossed for you and your bump.

Lets all hang in there as long as we can!! And thanks to Lizzie again for all her wonderful help and reassurance.

M x



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Old Aug 27th, 2010, 16:45 PM   17
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Oh mpg, thanks for your kind words. I only hope I can give the support to the IC ladies that I found so comforting during my own nightmare pregnancy.

I'm so thrilled that you are already at 26wks. I found that once I had hit 27wks I relaxed a bit because I felt I was on the "home straight" to 30wks and beyond. Each week now makes delivery due to IC less likely too hun - here's keeping everything crossed (legs included ) that you keep on baking xxx



 
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Old Aug 28th, 2010, 01:00 AM   18
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Hi mpg
I too had a stitch put in when my cervix funnelled to 10 mm at 22+6. I was in alot if discomfort unfortunately until the stitch was removed at 36+3. I am now 38 weeks and still waiting for labour to begin! I know exactly how you feel and spent every day worrying, although the drs know what they are doing, I was on progesterone injections until 36 weeks. Hope all goes well for you x



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Old Aug 28th, 2010, 08:35 AM   19
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Hi Mpg - so glad all is still ok for you my sweet. My thoughts are constantly with you

Sugarkisses - please take it easy hun. The cyclogest has proven to be very effective in firming up the cervix, and is particularly good for women who labour early with no apparent reason. Progesterone is the hormone produced throughout pregnancy to prevent a woman going into labour - it declines naturally as you approach term. SOme women don't make enough progesterone, and so labour begins too early. I wanted to have it as well as the stitch, but our hospital doesn't routinely give it yet.

Out of interest, is there a specific reason why you didn't want a stitch? Good luck xxx
Thanks for the reply. I have read about alot and seen that in some cases women with little progesterone can go in to early labour, I am hoping to get a slavia swab taken to test my levels. I also have PCOS and I know some people who have PCOS also have low progesterone, so maybe, in my case, it could be linked?
I decided against a stitch because of the risks involved. My consultants talked to me long and hard about it and they were also concerned that because I still go through labour and still get contractions, then they feared it may tear my cervix and having no other babies myself, I thought, for me personally, it was too much of a risk incase the worst should happen and I would never bring a baby home. We havnt ruled it out totally...if things start up around my danger zone, then a stitch may well be reasonable....I guess, I would just have to keep asking for nifedipine to stop the labour...x



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Old Aug 29th, 2010, 05:34 AM   20
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Completely understand hun, though the risks of having a stitch placed are minimal. With you actually having contractions I guess there is a chance your problem isn't actually IC, so having a stitch wouldn't necessarily work. Keep us posted, and if you need us you know where we are x



 
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